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Old May 21 2014, 11:42 PM   #16
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Touche.

Besides we have circumstantial evidence about Religon survinvg into the 24th Century.

Picard's Christmas experiance in the Nexus
That is an example of cultural heritage, not practised religion. My family is completely atheistic, yet we celebrate christmas.
We don't celebrate the religious part of it, just the secular aspects. Yet we still call it christmas, because thats part of our cultural heritage.
Same for Picard.
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Old May 22 2014, 12:23 AM   #17
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I seem to recall some sympathetic Muslim characters in Pitch Dark.
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Old May 22 2014, 01:40 AM   #18
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I seem to recall some sympathetic Muslim characters in Pitch Dark.
Now that you mention it, there was also one in the movie adaptation of "Ender's Game." (I've never read the book.)

And as a tangent, I forget the name of the series by Orson Scott Card that was almost a direct retelling of the Book of Mormon (Card himself is LDS.)
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Old May 22 2014, 02:06 AM   #19
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Ashley Williams from Mass Effect is christian and talked often about her faith.
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Old May 22 2014, 02:56 AM   #20
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I had an interesting conversation with my wife recently after watching a particular episode of "Babylon 5", where Commander Ivanova sits Shiva in memory of her father. To the best of our knowledge, this is nearly the only time in any futuristic Sci-fi where any human character follows any kind of religion that's directly recognizable from our current human practice. The later "Dune" novels also feature a band of travelling Jews, and just like Ivanova, their form of Judaism is entirely recognizable based on modern 21st Century practice.
In addition to the example Jan cited, there was also the recurring character of Brother Theo who was decidedly Christian, Roman Catholic monks in fact, though I don't know their specific order.
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Old May 22 2014, 03:13 AM   #21
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I seem to recall some sympathetic Muslim characters in Pitch Dark.
yeah, i think Pitch Black did a good job making his religion seem serious-but-natural.


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I had an interesting conversation with my wife recently after watching a particular episode of "Babylon 5", where Commander Ivanova sits Shiva in memory of her father. To the best of our knowledge, this is nearly the only time in any futuristic Sci-fi where any human character follows any kind of religion that's directly recognizable from our current human practice. The later "Dune" novels also feature a band of travelling Jews, and just like Ivanova, their form of Judaism is entirely recognizable based on modern 21st Century practice.
In addition to the example Jan cited, there was also the recurring character of Brother Theo who was decidedly Christian, Roman Catholic monks in fact, though I don't know their specific order.
i definitely think Babylon 5 did a great job of showing a multitude of views, and showing not just religious nuts, but honest good religious people as well.

However, i'm a little annoyed that religious people seem to have to be in a very formal religion, and we don't really see religious lay people .

And for me , personally, it's not about religion, but a relationship with God. But that would be hard to portray if your universe doesn't actually believe there is a real God.
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Old May 22 2014, 03:18 AM   #22
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Speaking of B5, didn't Sinclair reference the Jesuits on more than one occasion. I think he went to a Jesuit school.
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Old May 22 2014, 03:23 AM   #23
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Speaking of B5, didn't Sinclair reference the Jesuits on more than one occasion. I think he went to a Jesuit school.
I recall the same, though I couldn't tell you the episode. I think it's mentioned once when he helps Garibaldi pull a prank on her at breakfast one morning. Also, Capt Lochley was a Catholic. That was mentioned in Lost Tales, I believe.
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Old May 22 2014, 03:31 AM   #24
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Speaking of B5, didn't Sinclair reference the Jesuits on more than one occasion. I think he went to a Jesuit school.
I recall the same, though I couldn't tell you the episode. I think it's mentioned once when he helps Garibaldi pull a prank on her at breakfast one morning.
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Old May 22 2014, 03:34 AM   #25
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Given Sinclair's final fate, I have to wonder if his Jesuit upbringing had any influence on Minbari religion. Just imagine a branch of Christianity being one of the roots of an alien faith.
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Old May 22 2014, 04:12 AM   #26
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Philip Jose Farmer wrote a series of short stories featuring a character called Father Carmody, who is Catholic. He also wrote a book called Jesus on Mars which features a version of Judaism that accepts Jesus as the Messiah. Night of Light is another Farmer book featuring Catholic characters.

Then there's Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock, about a Jewish man who travels back in time to find Jesus.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller is set in a Roman Catholic abbey.
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Old May 22 2014, 08:25 AM   #27
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A classic is The Fire Balloons from The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.
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Old May 22 2014, 08:47 AM   #28
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In TOS: Balance of Terror, Angela Martine makes the sign of the cross while grieving at the ship's chapel.
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Old May 22 2014, 08:53 AM   #29
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The Seafort saga is about a Christian theocracy and I think also features Muslim characters (been a while since I read them).
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Old May 22 2014, 09:26 AM   #30
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There were Mormon settlers in Starship Troopers... were.
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